Half Moon Run

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Half Moon Run
Half Moon Run - Rotonde (Le Botanique)15 crop.jpg
Half Moon Run in concert, Belgium
Background information
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
GenresIndie rock, indie folk,[1] indie pop
Years active2010–present
LabelsIndica Records (Canada), Glassnote Records (USA), Communion (UK),
Indica Australia (AU and NZ)
  • Devon Portielje
  • Dylan Phillips
  • Conner Molander
  • Isaac Symonds

Half Moon Run is a Canadian indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec. The band members, who previously lived in Comox, British Columbia and in Ottawa, Ontario are: Devon Portielje on vocals, guitar and percussion; Conner Molander on vocals, guitar and keyboard; Dylan Phillips on vocals, drums and keyboard; and Isaac Symonds on vocals, percussions, mandolin, keyboard and guitar. The group is known for their heavy use of percussion, and for playing multiple instruments during live performances.


2012–13: Dark Eyes[edit]

Their debut album, Dark Eyes, was released on March 27, 2012, with "Full Circle" being released on March 19, 2012 as the lead single. The entire album was co-produced with Daniel Lagacé and Nygel Asselin.[2][3] They have toured Europe, Australia and North America.[4] Critical acclaim has included praise for their three-part harmonies.[5] They have played South by Southwest, Osheaga, Canadian Music Week, Glastonbury Festival 2013, WayHome Music & Arts Festival, and have opened for such artists as Of Monsters and Men, Metric, Patrick Watson,[6] City and Colour and Mumford & Sons.

In August 2013, Ubisoft launched a new Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag trailer featuring their song "Full Circle".

In July 2014, they announced that work on their second album had begun.[7] They announced that it would be released in Fall of 2015.[8]

In 2014, Half Moon Run were the recipients of the International Achievement Award at the annual Francophone SOCAN Awards in Montreal.[9]

Half Moon Run in 2013

2015: Sun Leads Me On and EU and UK tour[edit]

On 24 July 2015 the band announced a UK and European tour, which sees them playing shows in London, Paris, Dublin, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Nottingham, Brussels, Cologne, Amsterdam and Berlin.[10]

On 7 August 2015 the band announced, via their Twitter page, the release of their second studio album, Sun Leads Me On, on 23 October 2015. They simultaneously released a teaser track, "Trust", which was available as a free download with pre-orders of their album. Pre-orders via their website offers the album signed by all band members. A deluxe version is also set to be released, with details of its track listing to be revealed closer to release.



Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
BEL (Vl)
BEL (Wa)


Dark Eyes 8 119 186 138 48 56 12

US: 12,000[20]

Sun Leads Me On
  • Released: 23 October 2015
  • Label: Indica Records
  • Format: Digital download, CD, 12" vinyl
4 39 152 81 110 49 46 16 9
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Title Peak chart positions Album

BEL (Vl)
2012 "Full Circle" 29 27 67 60 Dark Eyes
2013 "Call Me in the Afternoon" 19 69
2014 "She Wants to Know" 22
2015 "Trust" Sun Leads Me On
"Turn Your Love" 11
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album

2013 "Nerve" 36 Dark Eyes


  1. ^ Saxberg, Lynn (7 March 2013). "Half Moon Run on the Rise". Ottawa Citizen. Postmedia Network Inc. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  2. ^ http://halfmoonrun.indica.mu/en/news/half-moon-run-will-release-their-debut-album-dark-eyes/
  3. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Half-Moon-Run-Dark-Eyes/release/3904095
  4. ^ (14 June 2012). "Half Moon Run are indie's rising stars", Daily Mercury, p. 28.
  5. ^ Sadleir, Rose (17 January 2013). "Trio bask in moonlight", Gold Coast Bulletin, p. 5.
  6. ^ Lepage, Mark (7 December 2012). "Montreal trio Half Moon Run: Lunar rovers in the fast lane", The Gazette. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Half Moon Run facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  8. ^ http://www.halfmoonrun.com
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 June 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Tour Dates".
  11. ^ "Half Moon Run – Billboard Canadian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.
  12. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Half Moon Run". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  13. ^ a b c Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Half Moon Run". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  14. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Half Moon Run". Belgium (Wallonia) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  15. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Half Moon Run". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  16. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Half Moon Run". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  17. ^ a b "Half Moon Run". Official Charts Company.
  18. ^ "Half Moon Run – Billboard Folk Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.
  19. ^ "Half Moon Run – Billboard Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.
  20. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on 17 September 2015.
  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Half Moon Run – Dark Eyes". Music Canada.
  22. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Sun Leads Me On – Dark Eyes". Music Canada.
  23. ^ Peak positions for the Alternative Rock songs in Canada:

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